Quercus laevis

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Turkey Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:30-40 ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in spring. Acorns ripe the second fall. Red fall color. Life span - 100+ years.
Habitats:Sandhill, scrub, scrubby sandhill. Increases in sandhill where long leaf pines were removed and where burns are restricted to winter.


Recommended Uses:Specimen or shade tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Used by woodpeckers and wild turkey

Valued by squirrels and other mammals including white tailed deer

Used by birds for resting and nesting

Larval host plant forHorace's duskywing (Erynnis horatius), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies)